The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo aims to form a “global base for knowledge collaboration” to contribute to the future of humanity and the planet. We established the University of Tokyo Future Society Initiative (UTokyo FSI) to promote collaborative activities in order to utilize, to the maximum extent possible, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have similar objectives as UTokyo. The FSI was also established to leverage the broad range of knowledge that UTokyo possesses, thereby enhancing collaboration with various extramural stakeholders at an organizational level, and ultimately lead to major actions. Daikin Industries and UTokyo concluded a university-corporate relations agreement under the key words “value creation of air” in December 2018, as the first collaborative project that symbolizes the establishment of FSI. With UTokyo engaged in a broad spectrum of research and educational activities, and Daikin Industries deploys global business intensively focused on the air conditioning field, it can be said that we are two very different organizations. This very difference provides the driving force that leads valuable innovation required by future society. I am confident that the connection between these two organizations will render major power for pioneering the road to “Society 5.0” as a better future society, through steady contribution to the SDGs amidst the substantial reform led by digital transformation (DX). I expect that this collaboration will pioneer new academic and business fields, making contributions to the future of humanity and the planet.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Global Group Officer Daikin Industries, Ltd.
As a “company that provides solutions through air,” Daikin Industries aims at sustainable growth and development by resolving social issues associated with air and the environment. In 2050, global demand for air conditioning is expected to triple the present level. From the viewpoint of the SDGs, we consider that it is our important social mission to minimize the impact of global warming to the greatest extent possible while providing comfortable air environments to the world. In the digital era, innovations cannot be created in a closed, in-house environment. As the digital revolution rapidly progresses, practicing open innovation that leads to commercialization is an important managerial requirement, as well as casting aside the principles of self-sufficiency by developing differentiating technologies through industry-academia partnerships and other collaborations with external organizations. We started the collaboration with the University of Tokyo based on the recognition of this requirement. In this partnership, members on both sides aim for a collaboration to create new values through flexible exchanges between the two organizations as we jointly pursue the answer to the question of “what to do together.” To achieve an unprecedented industry-academia partnership, we will promote collaboration over a broad range, including the development of future technologies, formulation of future visions, collaborative startup projects, and global human resource development. The University of Tokyo possesses research capacity and knowledge in the humanities of the highest global standard, and we strongly expect that it will help in the resolution of social issues that would have been difficult for us to handle alone. Through collaboration at “WAIGAYA Stage,” a casual forum for personnel exchanges transcending organizational barriers, we will pursue the resolution of social issues that lead to the attainment of the SDGs.